No. 22 North Carolina will face Kentucky on Saturday in the CBS Classic in Cleveland as an alternative of No. 20 Ohio State. The announcement was made Wednesday as organizers regarded to “more closely align COVID-19 testing protocols” between competing groups.
“This a little unusual to say the least, but these are unusual times and that goes for college basketball, as well,” UNC coach Roy Williams stated in a press release. “Our team wants to play in the CBS Sports Classic. Instead of Ohio State, we’ll play Kentucky. Perhaps it would have been better to make a change like this earlier, but the bottom line is we want to play. Kentucky, Ohio State and UCLA all have fantastic programs and we are excited about having the opportunity to play.”
This is the second Wednesday shock for the Tar Heels, as final week N.C. Central changed Elon on the schedule. The Heels (4-2) beat the Eagles final Saturday 73-67 in the Dean E. Smith Center.
Carolina misplaced to Kentucky 80-72 in 2018 when the 2 groups final confronted one another in the Classic.
The Wildcats (1-4) have struggled this season with one of many youngest lineups in all of Division I. They have misplaced video games to each of the ACC opponents – Georgia Tech (79-62) and Notre Dame (64-63) – on their schedule.
The Buckeyes will face UCLA in the second recreation of the doubleheader in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.